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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Wellness, Sickness, Faith and Medicine

Updated on February 19, 2018
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I Hope He Does It His Way.

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Easy Does It

Wellness is a state of being that includes how we view ourselves. Sickness is a state of being that includes how we look at ourselves. Faith is a state of being that includes how we view ourselves. As in I have “faith”. And too many do not get that medicine requires us to believe and that includes how we view ourselves.

Now we are not always so different that we cannot accept another person’s perspective. Too many times we put ourselves in a box that we cannot get out of without wounding our pride.

They have a really cool jury instruction that goes something like this: “Ladies and gentlemen of the jury it is seldom productive to demand your position prior to discussing and deliberating.” There are different versions but the idea sticks. Do not paint yourself into a not retractable corner, you could be wrong and you probably will shut off real thought at that point.

So let us get the elephant in the corner out onto the dance floor. Medicine! I will not bother arguing about what medicines are good for you like vaccines and anti-biotics. For if those may be bad for you they are not medicine. For our purpose here medicine is something that help cures or prevent sickness. Hey those medicines can be anywhere from a walk on a sunny or rainy day or harsh chemotherapy. Call me crazy but my favorite medicine is a big old hug. It cures a whole lot of what ails me.

One of my favorite concepts in sickness care is the difference between a doctor and a nurse. (A mother, sister and nephew as nurses and my dad as a doctor) The nurse treats and cares for the patient. The doctor cares about the disease and treats that. Perhaps my dad a bit of a crossover as a practitioner in a town of 10,000 souls and a Jesuit background.

In my home the boy’s mother teaches the ABCs of all sorts. In a reversal of roles I teach the love and nature of life and deal with his wellness and faith. It works. She is concerned over the rules and obedience I am concerned over the rules and how to break them and not get in trouble. I say that because we have a balance.

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I Like Life

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Integrated Synergism

Nice word this is; “Holistic”. A fully integrated wellness life style using the balance of life. But I do not buy that simplistic stuff. I use a different word that computers do not like. Wholelistic is what I speak and write about. I do enjoy the fruits of my refusal to have all those chemicals in my home. I also very much like to put Lubriderm on my feet because I where shoes very seldom. Bare foot is fully wholeistic. Our connection to the earth must start with our feet and move to our heads. Perhaps – firmament or perhaps chakras or perhaps earth is our mother. Don’t get me wrong here I also have a garden with Mallow and Aloe plants and cultivated dandelions and roses. (rose petals are quite healing)

Alright now, I do not want you to agree to the above. But I ask that you put what we further discuss in that perspective. Logic needs parameters. So we just set them up. Working within that logic system does not mean you accept the core but rather that you understand the circle of the words. I use circle because no one likes the term about being in a “box”. And again let us stick to the theme here as my cowboy hat sits in a round box. Makes me laugh how restricting we can be with words and faith. I don’t want you to think outside the box I want your thoughts to change the box. Or what we put boxed in. I just love that geometry, calculus, mathematical, logic and philosophical stuff where you do intersecting two dimensional if this then that stuff. Hey I am over 55 and brain teasers like those help keep me well in the head. Except it also makes me a freak and is that a state of wellness? Please and least draw once a day and do a crossword.

Do you have wellness? Do you have sickness? Do you have faith? Do you have medicine? Don’t look at me, I have all four and they are becoming wholeistic for me. Too much wellness and faith and I becoming uncaring of others. Too much sickness and medicine I become reliant on man and not God.

It is so cool to think of. Now just slow down here a second lest you think I brag. Sickness makes me humble and boy do I have sickness. Wellness makes me grateful – even of the sickness. Medicine helps deal with it. And faith puts it all together into a great wholeistic package.

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What The Heck?

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Look at The Children

Without trouble I would grow accustomed to not seeing it in others. Without being sick I would be jaded to others. Without a need to use medicine I would become self-reliant and prideful. And yet without some wellness it would all be for not and I am connecting faith to wellness.

I was having a bad time of it. Puking my guts up 2 times a day. No I am not talking about a week long flu. I am talking 4.5 months of chemo therapy. Every day. But I hollered into the porcelain thrown, I hollered thank you Lord Jesus for keeping me alive. There was no suffering. There was wellness within the sickness. The faith reliance and a very best friend entered into my world of self-pity and giving up. He would cotton no issue of sickness. He professed that it was good to live another day. And so we did. Oh maybe he was an angel. Yes I reckon he is. I am sorry to some but his passing only led me to a day we are reunited. Dennis Wilson was the finest man I ever did meet.

It is just impossible to figure what we need and how we get it.

I do not want to go to heaven if heaven has no struggle. I have never spent a day of my life without trying. I hear and have read that most folks “work” to get to heaven because of the peace and tranquility. My heaven would be the challenge of raising children or going up against the bad guys in battle to save innocent and then damned well do it again. There basically two kinds of “broke” horses. Ones with fire still in their bellies and one fully tamed without spirit. For me I will ride old Blackie who stepped on my foot and bit my shoulder. I gave all I had slugging her forehead. And I tossed my buddy up on her and led for three miles round. Yes I broke my little finger. I call that medicine. I call that well. I call that a sickness for pain and by golly Jesus I call that faith.

The only Gaul darned thing that keeps this altogether is love. Love for others. Love for love. Love for the child and love for the beast.

As I mentioned I like the challenge. So I do not get how love transcends all but I have come to believe that my faith in God is sometimes misplaced. I should look at the angels instead of the sky.

This is in honor of a fine fine lady I call Mindy Byrd. May she find the peaceful rest she wants.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Chris. That is very kind of you. I cherish our friendship.

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      Chris Mills 

      4 months ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

      Life without resistance leads to a flabby soul, Eric. You have a strong soul. Thank you for sharing such insightful and practical thoughts.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Frank -- talk about catching up. I am a full two weeks behind. And so happy to be catching up.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 months ago from Shelton

      again as in all your sermons you walk the walk here and talk the talk.. yeah I'm finally catching up to all these past reads Eric

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Jackie. I am glad to know you.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 months ago from The Beautiful South

      More of us could use your attitude Eric. Sure could make life less stressful!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise I have this issue with kneeling. I used to do it several times a day. Medicines change and the risk of falling was too great. I am now cleared to kneel again. I wonder if God wants us to kneel for our health.

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      Denise W Anderson 

      4 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I am just getting the hang of this gratitude thing. I used to take the credit when things went well but like they say, “pride comes before the fall!” Nowadays, instead of taking the credit, I prefer to kneel in gratitude!

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      Lori Colbo 

      4 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      That's a good report Eric. I'll be praying for you.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lori thank you. I was worrying the last couple of days. It did not do me one spittle of good. Dr. report says leave us alone for three months. A fully clean bill of health so good my elder children are afraid I will outlast them. Cancer is still there but I am more likely to die of a rattler bite.

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      Lori Colbo 

      4 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      You are a survivor and an inspiration. I always get a strong sense that you live in an attitude of gratitude, love and faith. Wellness, wholeness of the mind body and spirit I think is a result of those three things, although many still have struggles of health etc. I'm one of them. I could do with worrying less and being more thankful, and I've been growing in that area. God bless you Eric.

      PS I would love to kiss that little guys cheeks and give him a zrbt.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We deal with sickness today. Missed appointments and stuff put off. And so it is an occasion to sit with each other to warm and be one. If a hurricane does not kill you it makes you stronger.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much. My children don't really get me either. That is family. I hold you dear.

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      Threekeys 

      4 months ago from Australia

      Eric bottom line is we dont really "get one another" except for the odd occassion. And thats okay. We still connect and converse so that is a huge thing from my perspective.

      You have a very active life by the sounds of it and that is wonderful to me. Keep up the good life!

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Charmaine I often think of you perspective on things and enjoy it. Your thoughts help me to be broader in my scope of the spiritual. You have a friend for life.

      It is funny but I have no time to take care of myself. I am too busy hiking, exercising, hiking some more, playing soccer or such with my son and finding the best natural food to eat. Throw in there writing and study and prayer and meditation and gardening -- who has time to be healthy? ;-)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Harish my friend you compliment me so well. This one really made me think hard on me. And that made me realize that I should think more about others to balance.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda, there is no doubt that your mental faculties are as sharp as a tack. It would be my thought that your happy nutritious eating might be a large part of that.

      And the kindness you show others may be just the pill you need. Thank you.

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      Threekeys 

      4 months ago from Australia

      Eric I could relate to what you were expressing.

      I dont know how you have done what you have done to get through the cancer but here your faith must have strengthened and weakened at the same time. Life forecd you to face and accept your own death to make it through.

      Very terrifying but also a strange quiet.

      There is much truth here.

      Peace, Wellnees and Happiness to you and your loved ones, Eric.

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      Harish Mamgain 

      4 months ago from New Delhi , India

      Wise thoughts to be meditated upon often. Suffering and pleasure together makes our life. Even to attain the so called heaven, we have to go through a lot of struggle. In a way , struggle is a blessing.

      Our own peace depends on how fast we sort out things , and in all this , faith and love plays an important role. Eric, you have rightly advized us to maintain a balance in our life.

      Thanks a lot, my friend, for stirring our minds to the path of happiness, to the path of love , and to the path of self -evaluation.

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      Linda Lum 

      4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Gosh, Eric, where do I begin? I think you had me hooked when we started talking about the elephant on the dance floor LOL.

      I love your concept of "whole-istic" rather than holistic. So much better balanced.

      Doctors treat diseases and nurses treat people. Amen brother!

      I do my crossword puzzle in ink just to keep the brain cells sharp and firing. Although I've abandoned the daily paper and only get the Sunday edition, so the two crosswords there (plus the Sukodu) need to last me for the entire week.

      What wonderful thoughts here. Sickness, healing, joy in living.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita, I like to tell my young son that we "suffer" love. Choices are taken from us. The Divine sucks us in and makes the road narrow. Yet it is still time for baked potatoes, and Bisque soup and cauliflower and brocolli with carrots and celery to boot. Heaven above and heaven next to me.

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      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      Your answer is truly a beautiful one! The devotee does not fear death, but he/she knows that when one is conscious of the Divine, living becomes more meaningful for him/her, for God, for mother earth.

      To serve the Divine is a great privilege and a great responsibility. May the Spirit of Christ bless your Heart and continue to beautiful your soul.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Friend I beat a stage 4 lymphoma with pancreatic involvement but God has given me the opportunity to beat another one. An ailment bonds people so I do not cast it evil. By pain what will He teach me next? I truly believe even more love will grow.

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      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      A Hub on medicine, perhaps. The medicine of reflection; the medicine of healing and the Light of Heaven. Some reflective pieces. Life shows up in so many corners.

      Have you beaten the big C bro. You've talked about it a few times. Heaven's blessings.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora we are dealing with the Holy Spirit as a ghost and dad as crazy. All I can do is guide. Perhaps we all do well to self evaluate. I am not sure it helps in this moment of time.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill the only time we were allowed to stay home was when we were infectious. The only time us 6 took medicine was to lower a fever. My dad had us younger kids hangout with chickenpox elders to get it done. Pain was only a direction for illness not something to treat.

      I follow it like drinking. If it interferes with life then deal with it. Works well. Love you guy.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 months ago from The Caribbean

      "I do not want to go to heaven if heaven has no struggle." You know how to say stuff to make us think. Your preferred word "wholelistic " also makes your point. Interesting!

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Kari you remind me to speak of my mom getting me out of school to go paint at 10,000 feet. I s'pose I am a good object to paint but not so good as a painter ;-) I like your point of heaven.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I mentioned this on Facebook a couple weeks ago. I'm never sick. Never in my life have I gone to the drug store for prescription medicine. Now part of that is just good genes, but another part of it has to do with my approach towards life. I'm a big believer in feeding the mind and soul...and the body will follow.

      Did I even come close to answering a question, if there even was one in this sermon? LOL

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      Kari Poulsen 

      4 months ago from Ohio

      I have the full "wholeistic package". Wellness, sickness, medicine and faith. There was a time when my faith turned thin. Those were the worst days of my life. But, it's back and stronger than ever. I think of heaven as a place to paint the most beautiful picture, or write the best book. A little challenge, but put on by myself, for myself.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sorry for the lateness but, soccer, strep throat and heavy contemplation and prayer and meditation and gardening. Sometimes get me a bit in another direction.

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